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Mr Robert Jefferson

Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

After graduating from Northumbria University in 1997 with a first class honours degree, Robert's RTS award-winning film 'Scuttlebutt Coffin' was screened on BBC 2 and in film festivals around the world.

Robert Jefferson was born in the North East of England. Following a training in Stagecraft he worked as a designer/maker in theatre and TV.

After graduating from Northumbria University in 1997 with a first class honours degree, Robert's RTS award-winning film 'Scuttlebutt Coffin' was screened on BBC 2 and in film festivals around the world. ’Scuttlebutt Coffin’ was screened in the retrospective ‘Words In Motion’ strand at the Ottawa Animation Festival in 2004.

His film 'Salt Blizzard', supported by the NPF at Northern Arts, toured the UK in the Public Choice section of the British Animation Awards in 2002 and was also broadcast by Spain's Canal 9.

Most recently the OFAFA Festival of Auteur Animation in Poland screened a programme of his work 1997-2007.

He made animation sequences from a 35mm live action lottery funded film about the war poet Wilfred Owen, which had special screenings at Cannes. This was the first UK short to have a 35mm laser print.

Robert creates the music and soundtracks for his films himself using junkshop instrumentation and found objects.

‘The Dark Lantern’, a programme commissioned by TTTV and Northern Film and Media, was a 16 minute cut out animation with Live action bookend sequences starring TV icon David Soul, who also provided the sonorous voice over to the animation.

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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Robert Jefferson is a practitioner mainly concerned with the production of frame by frame projects that include oppositional handmade cut-out animation narratives and more experimental sound and image work that goes ‘beyond live-action’.
Robert’s award winning films have been screened in festivals around the world and have been broadcasted on television including Annecy, Ottawa, Edinburgh, Cannes, BBC 2, ITV 1 and Canal+.

He is interested in the possibilities of digital short form, the place of sound and music in animation and the use of artist’s workbooks as a repository for creative ideas in time-based work. He is currently developing an ‘animated documentary’ film that orbits the 20th Century microtonal composer Harry Partch and working on a cycle of experimental sound and image pieces, the first of which have been premiered at the Sonic Arts Network Expo 2006.

Professional Activity

Robert is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Media Production and his area of responsibility is Animation.

He is Module tutor for;

He teaches into;

Key Publications

A list of recent or key publications that best represent my current research interests:

Selected Filmography

Still from ‘The Dark Lantern’ (2003)

The Iron Lady (1995)

winner of Royal Television Society Award
Best student programme (animation. Northern Region.)

Scuttlebutt Coffin (1997)

winner of Mike Figgis Award.
winner of Royal Television Society Award
Best student programme (animation.
Northern Region.)
Highly Commended (National RTS Awards).
Shortlisted Bradford Animation Awards.
Broadcast on BBC 2's 'Talent 2000' animation showcase.
1997 Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK.
1998 Leipzig FF documentary and animation,Germany.
1998 Schorndorf Film Days,Germany.
1998 Holland Int.Animation Festival.
1998 Ottawa Int.Animation Festival,Canada.
2001 Broadcast : Canal 9,Spain.
2002 Broadcast : Sci Fi Channel,UK
2004 Reflex.02 Tyneside Cinema UK
2004 ‘Words in Motion’ Ottawa International Animation Festival,Canada

Bad Dolly (1999)
1999 Leipzig IFF,Germany.
1999 Animac Animation IFF,Lleida,Spain.
2000 Folioscope IAFF,Brussels,Belgium.
2000 Edinburgh IFF,Scotland.
2000 Annecy IAFF,France
2000 Kinofilm IFF,Manchester,England.
2000 Ottawa IAFF,Canada.
2000 L'Alternativa IFF,Barcelona,Spain.
2000 Broadcast : Canal+,France.
2001 Valencia IAFF,Spain.
2001 Broadcast : Canal 9,Spain
2002 Mieres IFF,Asturias,Spain
2004 Reflex.02 Tyneside Cinema UK

Sequences from Wilfred
(2000. Directed by Peter M.Kershaw)
see for more details.

Salt Blizzard (2001)
2001 Folioscope IAFF,Brussels,Belgium+Ghent sidebar.
2001 Tough Eye IAFF,Turku,Finland.
2001 Annecy IAFF,France.
2001 Edinburgh IFF,UK
2001 Broadcast : Canal 9 ,Spain
2002 Stuttgart I Trickfilm Festival,Germany.
2002 British Animation Awards,UK on tour
2004 Reflex.02 Tyneside Cinema UK

The Long Pack (2001 storyboard)
MIFA programme, Annecy France.

The Dark Lantern (2003 )
2003 Broadcast TTTV August
2003 Reflex.02 Tyneside Cinema UK
2004 Fantastic Films Weekend Bradford UK
( see for more details )

Telescope Demonology
(Animation from ‘The Dark Lantern’ without live action sequences plus new title sequences) - (2005)
2005 Edinburgh,Scotland,UK IFF
2005 Vilanima IAFF Vilnius,Lithuania
Winner Best Animation
2005 Borders Festival of Film ,Selkirk,Scotland,UK

Clubthumb (2005)
2005 Animex IAFF,UK
2005 Redstick IAFF,Baton Rouge, USA
2005 Edinburgh IFF,Scotland,UK
2005 Vilanima IAFF Vilnius,Lithuania

Night Bloom (2006)
Sonic Arts Network Expo,UK

The Internal Forwarder (2006)
Sonic Arts Network Expo,UK

Spore Wine (2008)
In completion


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